Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 23(1) April 2020 : 40-46.doi:10.12927/hcq.2020.26140
Patient Safety

Adverse Drug Reactions in Canada (2009–2018): Insights from the Canada Vigilance Database

Tuhin S. Maity and Christopher J. Longo


Annually, thousands of individuals die and tens of thousands are hospitalized in association with suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in Canada. We analyzed the reports from the Canada Vigilance Adverse Reaction online database and present a synopsis of the state of ADRs in Canada between 2009 and 2018. Our synopsis includes both cross-sectional and longitudinal insights into ADR demographics, outcomes, associated drugs and disease indications. In closing, we highlight five overarching issues uncovered in our analysis, which have potential implications for future policy formulation. Further in-depth exploration is required to shine some additional light on these issues.



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